Legal Department

About the City Attorney

Ronald Lewis
December 3, 2020 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner has selected a familiar name and a well-respected attorney to join the administration as the City’s chief legal counsel and advisor.

The mayor announced Thursday that Arturo G. Michel is returning to government as City Attorney for the City of Houston. Michel previously served as City Attorney from 2004 – 2010. He is currently a partner at Husch Blackwell LLP.

Before and after his public service, Arturo enjoyed a long and distinguished career in private practice, focusing on public governance, litigation, labor, elections, K-12 and higher education, contracts, and procurement. From 1986 to the present, except for his service as City Attorney, Arturo has represented school districts and other educational entities such as charter schools, private schools, state regional educational service centers, community colleges, and other colleges and universities.

“Arturo has an extensive amount of experience in the public and private sectors. He is a leader in training for public governing bodies in ethics, open government, and contracting and procurement. He is an outstanding lawyer who will be an asset to my administration and will work in the best interest of all Houstonians,” said Mayor Turner.

Michel is a Northwestern University graduate and earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Michigan. Michel's professional affiliations include membership in the Texas Municipal League, State Bar of Texas School Law Section, and theTexas Council of School Attorneys. He served as president of both the Texas Association of Community College Attorneys (TACCA) and the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston and is a past recipient of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund of Attorney of the Year award.

"I am honored to have the confidence of Mayor Turner.," said Michel. "I am excited to become the City Attorney at this crucial period for our city and our country as a whole. This will be both a challenging and rewarding opportunity to serve the Houston community."

Michel's appointment is pending City Council confirmation.

Michel will replace Ronald C. Lewis, who Mayor Turner appointed city attorney shortly after taking office in 2016. Lewis has resigned after accepting a new opportunity. He will remain with the City through the end of December.